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WHO IS GREATEST AMONG THE PERSONS OF THE TRINITY? (One)

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WHO IS GREATEST AMONG THE PERSONS OF THE TRINITY?

1)            “Who is more powerful between God the Father and God the Son?” I asked a young lady. “The Father,” she answered. “Who has more knowledge, the Father or the Son?” Her answer, not changing, was “The Father.” Wanting to know what determines her answer, it was an obvious, “Because He is the Father;” thankfully, she did not conclude the second answer with a deriding exclamatory “dummy;” just to drive the glaring axiomaticity of her statement home. How so benighted we dwell in theological aberrancy. We read the Bible with the treatment given to school literature textbooks. We employ the binoculars of academic intellectualism in understanding subjects of theologically established truths.

                The Fatherhood of the First Member of the Godhead is the title of His Divinity. His Fatherhood does not rest on a definitional stance of biological paternity. He is the Father because the Godhead decided that, the ever seated distinct Person on the throne of Majesty will have the distinction of the First Member of the Godhead: God the Father. The Father does not vacate the celestial throne at any given period. Because the empyrean throne can never be vacant due to the fact that God has no deputy, He must be there to receive the empyreal latria due to the LORD God of heaven and the universe. The counsel of the Godhead finds its verbalism from the vocality of the Father’s mouth.

The Trinity existed before the beginning of creationism

                In the opening verse of the entire Bible, He is the first to speak on behalf of the Godhead saying, “Let there be light:” (Genesis 1:3) in the commencement of the creationism. Who is this Light? He is the Personage of John 1:1-14. Verses 1 to 4 read: 1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2) The same was in the beginning with God. 3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” These four verses underscore the unequivocal divine essence of Jesus Christ. Does it say, “In the beginning”? Is it the beginning of the Word, God or creation? This verse has a parallelism with Genesis 1:1, ergo, it is of the creationism. The word ‘beginning’ is archē (ar-khay’): ‘origin; the extremity of a thing; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concrete) chief (in various applications of order, time, place or rank)’. The chief of time is the eternity past; from eternity God brought forth time; and before all these the Word was ‘with’ (pros in Greek, meaning ‘face to face’) God the Father. This is an indubitable pointer to the eternality of Jesus Christ and also His consubstantiality with the Father.

                One of my favourite verses, “and without him was not anything made that was made” of the third verse leaves us most satisfied when it comes to the unambiguity of Christ being the divine Author of creationism. An underlying factor of His Almightiness. How can Jesus possess the Almightiness of Divinity and not equally be the Omniscience, Omnipotence and the Omnipresence? It takes power to create ex nihilo (out of nothing). Being the Creator by Whom all things were ‘made’, the Greek for which is ginomai (ghin’-om-ahee) meaning: ‘to cause to be (“gen”-erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.);’ Christ did call things that be not into existence.

                Verse nine says, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Jesus being the True illumination makes Him the extraordinary, the essential, the original and the eternal Light without Whom nothing comes into existence. Lightening the lives of billions spread all over the universe means that He is the Omnipresent God.

”…the Spirit of God moved upon the face of waters”

                Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Eternal ‘God’ is the Hebrew ‘ĕlôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’): Plural of [‘ĕlôahh (el-o’-ah)]; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates.’ The Persons in the Godhead are not more than three. You may ask, “Where’s the Third Member?” Genesis 1:2 says “…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Creationism involved the participation of the Trinity. The word ‘moved’, râchaph (raw-khaf’) means: ‘to hover; to brood; by implication to be relaxed.’ The Holy Spirit, likened to the mother hen, was creatively incubating Divine intentions into existence. He was providing the energy for the fructification of Adamic emergence, elevation and ensuring the eventual Incarnation of the Second Member of the Godhead, Jesus Christ the Saviour.

                Some of the activities of creationism are the Hebraic words bârâ’ (baw-raw’), ‛âśâh (aw-saw’), yâtsar (yaw-tsar’) and bânâh (baw-naw’). The first word of creationism, ‘created’ is bârâ’ (baw-raw’): ‘Caused existence where previously to this moment there was no being; created out of nothing’. It is found in Genesis 1:1 – when He had to call nonexistent materials, for further creation, into existence; Genesis 1:21 – when He called whales and aquatic lives into being and Genesis 1:27, the sixth day when He called the soul and the spirit into the formed clay of Adamic elevation.

                The word ‘made’, of Genesis 1:7, 16 and 25 when He called into existence the firmament, two great lights – sun and moon – and the beasts of the earth respectively is, ‛âśâh (aw-saw’): ‘to do, fashion, accomplish (from existing materials).’ ‘Formed’ of Genesis 2:7, 8 & 19, yâtsar, has the definition of ‘to mould into a form (through the squeezing into shape) especially as a potter; figuratively, to determine (i.e. form a resolution);’ this was done in bringing beasts and Adam into existence. The fourth bânâh, is a different active ‘made’ found in Genesis 2:22 which means: ‘build’.

Getting born again is strictly a conscious effort on the part of an individual. It is of a personal conviction that, as the word of God says, Jesus is truly the only Saviour of the world. A soteriological dependence on the finished work of Jesus is the sole belief requirement of Scripture. Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(…to be continued…)

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